Thursday, March 21, 2013


Last friday, Neil McFarlane held a Q&A session with 14 randomly picked riders to discuss whatever. No method to how these people were picked or if they are even riders. You'll just have to take his word for that.

Neil McFarlane is TriMet’s General Manager.(unfortunately)

Judge cannot decide whether TriMet labor negotiations open


Should Metro Take Over TriMet?

Willamette Week


We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to with name and phone number.

Into Federal court we go!

Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.
On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
At least the bus driver was nice enough to wait for me to finish vomiting before he left. Thanks, !


 Didn't this asshat have this meeting at 7am or something as ridiculous as that?
Rider Q & A at our first “Coffee with Neil” | How We Roll

Just found something very strange here, according to the  PORTLAND TRIBUNE 
Trimet has 141 non union employees.

But the bullshitter in charge said the following at his little 'coffee with Neil' event

Pay raises for non-union staff: It was clear that what riders heard in the news was not the full story. These raises went to our 440 non-union employees, most not in management roles. The vast majority of these employees had their salaries frozen for 3 ½ years, and they have been paying more for their health care coverage.(people earning six figures do not need a raise) I made this decision to be fair to these hard-working public servants (you mean your cronies don't you) who play a critical role keeping our agency and our transit system running.(if none of them showed up the public would never notice) While we informed our Board of Directors and community groups(COMMUNITY GROUPS? SHEESHUS!)of this decision at the time, we certainly can and will be more transparent about changes such as these in the future.(and you are a fucking liar Neil Mcfarlane)

We will never see on of these from TRIMET

The $1 million bus stop

The new bus isn't carrying anyone, the old bus is

Training bus shadowing bus 62, For the record, it's march 20th & this bus has no onboard cameras, which TriMet promised in the name of safety by Dec 31, 2012

10 years for MAX crime

Southeast Portland robber gets 10 years; had fired gun as MAX passengers ducked |


Occasionally showed some heart but mostly was a pro development troll. Never voted against a General Manager. Daughter in law of Homer Williams a big time developer around here.

Trimet continues screwing its employees

But as long as the honchos have their raises they don't care


And you will never believe who stands to make a whole bunch of $$$$$$ on this!

Trimet, the big daddy of crony contracts!

The Horrible 21 Line!

Portland Transit Lane



Readership remains at about 1000 views per day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Luci came to visit today

Luci Abernathy
Luci was starred in my MY VERY FIRST MOVIE AT TRIMET . Back when we had a super secret society. I remember Cornelius Booker started an internal investigation to find out who was making these movies. Not one driver gave me up! I turned myself in to stop the investigation. But I never stopped making movies or investigating Trimet issues.


Blast from the past.This is the first time I met Max! Much like my relationship with Adron Hall we argue a lot but are actually pretty good pals.
And we use Max's paddle viewer to this very day!

Classic tweets

Trimet lift rider does not recognize his own home

They fixed Forest Grove breakroom

New heater/new toilet

Is government in Oregon transparent?

Those of us who have dealt with Trimet know that Trimet uses the word 'transparency' constantly but unfortunately its has no real meaning.

Oregon gets a "c" on the following list

Legislative Data Report Card - Open States

Could you imagine king mcfarlane ever apologizing for anything?

Apology to customers by TTC CEO Andy Byford - YouTube

Is Bruce Hansen 'stretching? Short answer is no

People are saying that Bruce Hansen is 'stretching' making his claim that the fare increases are attributable to the new fare system. 
They see 'nothing' in the body of the document.
Well they just see what they want to see apparently.
I posted in the comments section of that post  to my pal MAX on this topic but there are two key passages:

And off page 57 I give you this:

General Fund capital costs in 2011dollars range from $13 million for a tap on only system to $20 million for tap on/tap off system. These costs do not include upgrading TVMs for e-fare sales.

TriMet cannot afford the system without offsetting cost savings.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
the 54 was mis-labeled as the 56 downtown this morning. Now I'm late to work AGAIN. Get your shit together.

TriMet's half-ass attempt at improving bus service...

City of Portland (not TriMet) crews have installed a new concrete bus pad and sidewalk bulb on S.W. Hall Street at 5th Avenue on the PSU campus for what appears to be a replacement for the stop-gap 4th and Hall bus stop - the one TriMet has singled out for bus safety issues, and the improper parking spaces in front of the bus shelter that requires buses to stop well short of the designated stop.

The problem, of course, is that it does not resolve the safety issues affecting the 4th and Hall stop.  It will still require the line 12 and 44 buses to make the lane change in a congested area with multiple traffic impacts and heavy pedestrian traffic (including one unsignalled but very heavy crosswalk).  The 17 and 43 will be required to make a right turn and then make not one, not two, but THREE lane changes in the two blocks between Lincoln and Hall to make the left turn.

And of course as soon as the buses reach 6th Avenue, they will still have to make the extremely difficult right hand turn onto 6th, with all of the pedestrian conflicts.  However now they'll be one block short of Harrison, which is the one time on the 6th Avenue mall where vehicles can make a right hand turn (in the #3 lane, just left of the MAX lane, and thus have a dedicated signal).  So buses will possibly be required to wait for an extra red light - OR, make a lane change into the #2 lane to get around stopped cars in the #3 lane just to move back to the #3 lane to make their stops.

Now we all know this is all because of a flaw with the Transit Mall - specifically removing the old bus stop at 6th and Montgomery (so that TriMet could use the existing bus stop shelters for a MAX station) without a suitable replacement.  TriMet had no problem coming up with the money to then add another MAX station between College and Jackson - two blocks away - but when it comes to funding safe and appropriate bus takes a back seat to all other needs.

And let's see how long it takes, until that apartment complex starts complaining about the TriMet riders right at window level.

Tweets of interest

Going vertical: TriMet riders will see new system maps on MAX

Joe Rose

Portland-Milwaukie light rail ballot challenge successful, changed to remove 'misleading' language

Click Here!

TriMet has 2,052 employees who belong to the union and 141 who do not.

That's an interesting fact from THIS article.
And 1/2 of those positions are 100k+ executives as evidenced by THIS post

Over 1000 bus drivers, six of which made over a 110k-how many police made over 100k?

Nearly a third of the Portland Police Bureau's 985-member force made more than $100,000 in fiscal 2011-12.

More than 300 Portland Police Bureau members earned more than $100,000 in 2011-12 |

Reddit commentators support pay for Trimet union employees

Top paid Trimet bus driver's hourly wage was $24.75 : Portland

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blogger Bogdanski sues Portland

One of my all time favorite Bloggers Jack Bogdanski
Jack Bogdanski Sues City of Portland Over Arts Tax

One of the better Trimet drivers got this today

Look at this pork

They have 3 people doing this job, how absurd:
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
As I've said before , you really need to reevaluate line 4. It leaves people b/c it's 10 mins late and too full, that's not cool.

Trimet executives getting rich going to meetings and pretending they are important

The Money Pit Gets Bigger

Never a dull moment with Lane around

Lane Jensen submits public records request

I am interested in: Obtaining records

Requested records:
All non-union people on payroll who received a salary of $100,000 or greater for Calendar Year 2012

Look at Trimet's response 


Then why the hell are they not employing REAL LIVE people instead! They could use real people with real benefits for less than it costs for those unreliable machines! Another Trimet cluster fuck.



The window is card-boarded up secured by duct tape

Blinds and heater broken no back for toilet

Bathroom for employees, you think Mcfarlane would put up with this?

MAX DOOR IS SMASHED (no service alert was issued)

The Real Reason Behind the TriMet Fare Increases-ATU 757

An internal TriMet document indicates that the elimination of zones pricing and fareless square, as well as last year’s fare increases, were undertaken in order to fund and accommodate a $16 million high-tech fare collection system, says transit workers’ union president, Bruce Hansen. He cites evidence found within the pages of a 64-page document obtained by the Union from an anonymous source.

“TriMet has been telling the media and the public that financial problems and worker health insurance were the reasons riders have seen fares rise and services drop,” Hansen noted. “Now we find that, in 2011, management decided to invest in a new, multi-million dollar electronic fare system. That proposed system required them to raise fares overall, drop reduced fares tied to distance traveled (the “zone” system) and eliminate fareless square. They laid out the plan in 2011 and they followed it . . .in fact, they implemented it early.”  

According to the Union, the document and the proposed purchase raise a number of serious public policy issues. These are:

• If the system is in such financial straits, why does management continue to invest in “bells and whistles” electronic gadgetry that it admits will cost them more to run? Is $16 million a sound public investment during a time when the agency is claiming financial crisis? Especially when history has shown that electronic ticket machines have high failure rates–even when they are brand new?

• TriMet has been experiencing a flat ridership rate for years. Should the cost of a ride keep going up just so TriMet can buy more things and build more rail? Research has shown that, as the fares go up, ridership rates typically drop–particularly during times of economic distress.

During the interest arbitration hearing with the Union, TriMet’s general manager testified under oath that, among other things, the cost of operator health care and pensions had required a fare increase and service reductions. Now it turns out that these changes were planned in 2011 and were all about acquiring enough money to purchase and accommodate new electronic gadgets. Is it acceptable for a public agency to mislead the public, the workers and the courts in this way?

“TriMet’s recent fare changes, coupled with reduction of service, have created a crisis situation for many of our passengers–especially the low income, disabled and elderly,” says Hansen. “Operators are reporting that the two-hour window for transfers no longer works. More and more of our riders are missing their connections. A three-hour window needs to be instituted immediately. People need to understand that, when our riders are stressed, it creates equal stress on the workers who interact with them. That’s because the operators want to help people solve these serious problems but their hands are tied. And, as is human nature, rider frustration targets the operators for decisions over which the operators have no control.”

Hansen made the following observation. “It seems that the primary goal of a transit agency has been lost amid all this capital expansion and technology purchases. We are supposed to be providing good, dependable and affordable service to the community–so good, that they want to use the system. Instead, the cost of having to pay for all these expenditures is making our riders’ lives harder and driving them away. Who decided that our transit system had to be the most new-fangled one in the country? Shouldn’t our primary focus be the passengers and the good of the community?”

(make sure you read the comments)

Attached: Excerpt of Fare System Migration report; Excerpt of testimony under oath
Full report available from the link below. You will need to cut and paste into your browser: 

Seen on a Trimet bus

Attaining Unconscious Competence in bus driving

Do you have operators who deny risky driving behaviors even after something has been clearly observed by a Supervisor? Quite often the operator can quote the proper procedure and actually believes they adhered to such guidance - when in reality they haven't. This is known as "Unconscious Incompetence". The individual doesn't even recognize they are doing anything wrong

Vigil Solutions


PORTLAND TRANSPORTS latest post, to which I responded:

TriMet is putting about $300K into this program,
Now ya knew I was gonna bring this up right?

That's only 1/3 of the executive pay raises!
That's insulting as far as I am concerned.

The oligarchy reigns supreme....

Bus driving a hazardous occupation

And that piece of shit in charge of Trimet thinks we should roll over and give up our decent health care benefit! FUCK YOU!
Police: Man punches CTA bus driver in Chatham -




Sunday, March 17, 2013

What would you do if you were a bus driver

Passenger Problems of a Los Angeles RTD Bus Driver (1970-80s) - YouTube

Lower transit fares

Not at the oligarchy but it does HAPPEN


You still have time to join the lawsuit over wage violations regarding road relief pay. 
Get the info HERE!

Seen on MAX

The biggest piece of PORK PIE is of course-MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL

Lots of folks will walk away rich on this! Don't just look at the highlighted sections, look at ALL OF THIS BOONDOGGLE
Oligarchs in complete control of Trimet these days


Recession? Budget problems? 
That only is true for the 'little people' of Trimet. 
The union workers and the riders are the only ones who 'give back' anything when it comes to Trimet.
Take a good look at the  post at Portland Transit Lane which will give you a very clear picture of just how much pork Trimet really does support with our tax dollars.
Don't just look at the highlighted areas either, take a good look at the whole thing.
Just add up all the 'travel' budgets.
 Just 1/2 of that pork moved back to operations would restore all the service cuts

 This is the kind of thing that gets republicans elected. Of course once they are elected some of this pork may goe away but  public gets hurt the most. But most citizens don't connect the dots, all they see is waste, fraud, and arrogance and what party plays to that? The Republicans.  Waste in government is not some made up fantasy, you see it right here at the poster child of government waste->TRIMET


"Deputy" general Manager $195,000!
Mcfarlane crony Bob Nelson will be wearing this badge

Friday, March 15, 2013


LANE JENSEN and ALEX HAWK  had a meeting tonight with KOIN TV'S Jeff Gianola tonight! Stay tuned!


liar gif photo: liar liar liar_liar.gif
I'm comparing the executive wages in 2009 to the wages in 2013.
What the two lists show is that most of the executives had gotten a raise IN BETWEEN  this last raise even though Mcfarlane had claimed there had been no raises for four years!
They had to change their rhetoric from four years to three and a half years because they got caught lying about the raises they hid for themselves in the 'contingency' budget.

Mcfarlane has lost any credibility that he had left. As far as I was concerned he lost his complete creditability a long time ago but this recent scandal cannot be ignored.

If the PORTLAND TRANSPORT post is accurate Mcfarlane is guilty of downright fraud.

Mcfarlane has  miscalculated in many ways. 
He  might have the mainstream media under his thumb but everyone knows that bloggers have now taken over the role of investigative journalism.

The ruling class is getting away with murder against the citizens. We have the best example of this right here at Trimet  in our faces. Can we stop this outrage? So far they continue to hold all the cards and  spit in our faces with their arrogance as witnessed by the recent board members gloating that the executives were given raises. 

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!

Of course... Previous bus denied my pass, then this one crashes into a car. Loud kids everywhere...

Stovall maybe can think outside the box, maybe?

2009 and 2013 biggest money earners at Trimet

What we can see from these two lists is that every single one of the people that was here in 2009 has gotten raises or promotions till now. And when you compare the current salary to the last raise you see that there was ANOTHER raise in between! There has never been a wage freeze for the executive class at Trimet. MORE LIES! Top chart from 2009 bottom two are current

Listen to Mcfarlanes stooge on the budget committe read her script


They have the nerve to whine that they are paying for their health care. Shit if everybody were making six figure salaries nobody would be fighting now.
I worked at Trimet for 15 years and never made more than $35k so the concept that everyone that works there is getting high pay is false. This is from their internal site:

Q: With the TriMet budget crisis, why did non-union administrative staff get raises?
A: Administrative employees, except those who received promotions,(the union talked about that. This is how many executives got around the so called 'freeze.) had not seen any increase in their pay for 3.5 years. (they had been claiming 4, now all of a sudden its 3 1/2)In fact, their paychecks had gone down,(haha, like ours you mean? I've lost 25% of my pension and these a-holes are whining?) because they have been paying a larger portion of their health care premiums. The non-union salary freeze was lifted in the middle of 2012 for our 420 administrative staff. This decision cost less than 1/5th of 1% of our $473 million annual operating budget and the average increase was 3% per employee. (this excuse for wasting money is nonsensical. The idea that just because its a small part of the overall budget that means its ok is laughable) This is the same increase union employees were receiving at the time. There are a lot of decisions that go into building the TriMet budget. Last year’s decision about admin salaries should have made more clear and will be in the upcoming budget process.(they tried to hide the salary increases and they took them out of the emergency contingency budget which is appalling. Plus there are ethics questions now about the so called actual budget document)

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

Public Meeting Notice

Mcfarlane says no new service


Click Here!

Why I used to like being a bus driver


Does this look safe to you?

Another bus driver spit on

tpdnews: Help us ID subject

Streetcar is still free apparently

Lane goes on Lars

Trimet general manager a true oligarch

Just take a look at the various extra expenses the general manager eats up

-$10,000 in office supplies? That's a lot of pens!
-$15,000 in dues and subscriptions? How many magazines is he subscribing too?
-$4,700 in local travel and meetings? WTF? He's not taking Trimet to meetings around here?
-$30,000 in meeting expenses? I'd love to see the receipts for this.
-$2000 in 'board recognition'? They eliminated all expenses for employee recognition, they used to have a yearly banquet


Oregon Employment Relations Board Denies TriMet’s Motion to Stay the Board Order

The transit workers’ union president, Bruce Hansen announced that the Oregon Employment Relations Board today denied TriMet's Motion to Stay the Board's order in UP 39-10. This case addressed health insurance charges to employees in 2011. The decision means that TriMet must post notices of its illegal actions and reimburse members for health insurance premium contributions and medical expenses while TriMet’s appeal is pending. “It is important to remember that the overwhelming evidence in this case proved that TriMet decided to charge employees more for health insurance for the wrong reason. It was not to save money. Instead, the evidence showed it was to punish the workers because their union filed a complaint charging TriMet with negotiating in bad faith.” Hansen said. “The problem is that our justice system suffers when one party to a dispute has the power to punish the people who are objecting to law violations and mistreatment. That is the issue the Board addressed, and correctly, I might add.”


Our Oligarch in chief enjoys eating apparently.
He has a budget of $25,235 for 'awards and banquets'
(page 60 fy 2013 budget)


Our Oligarch in chief spent $18,927 on out of town travel!
(page 60 fy 2013)


Some employees think this is what Mcfarlane wants

 Mcfarlane the destroyer wants to end arbitration so he can lock out and fire all the 'undesirable' employees that stand up for themselves.

The last straw for these Arlington Transit (ART) drivers, the action that sent them to the picket line, was the firing of their leader for wearing a union button to work.

Their strike began in the early hours of the morning and by the afternoon they found themselves without jobs. Thirty-five people in total were fired. Forsythe said that the bus drivers had violated their contract which prevented them from striking unless it was a matter of the company violating an arbitration agreement.

Bus drivers fed up, locked out, then fired » peoplesworld


But those numbers may not mean more opportunities citywide. For instance, TriMet had its own intern program that it cut for budget reasons, leaving it unclear how many new internships directly resulted from Portland's push. The switch will save TriMet nearly $55,000, spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said. (absurdity at trimet continues non stop)

SummerWorks intern program spared by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales |

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Haven't seen an acid report for awhile

Trimet – Accident Reports | Portland Transit Lane


What's going on under his watch is completely astonishing!
Trimet is losing ridership bucking the national trend.
He has sent Fare Nazi's to terrorize the riders who can't buy fares because the machines don't work.
He has blamed the employees for all the bad that has happened due to management incompetence.
He has used public funds to reward all his pals by giving them high paying jobs.
He has made Trimet into one of the most expensive transit districts in the country.
His list of misdeeds is a mile long.
His board of directors is complicit in his misdeeds.
The arrogance of these people is shocking. They have blatantly told the public they don't care about them.
With the latest revelation of stealing money from the contingency budget to hand out raises he has now crossed the line into fraudulent activity.
All the latest stories are available here: Mcfarlane dragging down Trimet into oblivion

Never a dull moment with Lane around


As you can see, Trimet really appreciates its drivers

My ethics complaint against Mcfarlane

Olga Kozinskiy on a Trimet twitter rant

MAX FAQ's exposes Trimet lies and cronyism

"here's your sign"
This is one of the best examples of investigative journalism on the subject of Trimet I have ever seen.
The author has taken all the various instances of Trimet excessiveness  and tied them together!

So former director of operations Bob Nelson (currently receiving a pension of about $48k/year from TriMet; had left the agency in 2007 making just shy of $160k/year) is coming back as “Interim Deputy General Manager” and I’m sorry, all I can think of when I hear that is this:
But wait, it gets better. The purpose of his job will be to assess the position of Deputy General Manager and determine if it should be permanent. Man, I wish someone would give me a 6-figure salary, and then at the end of a year ask me if they should keep paying me that (on top of the pension I’m getting that’s already more than many people make in a year). Do we really think he’s going to say, “No, this isn’t the best use of TriMet’s resources”? Anyone who would say that, well, here’s your sign.

Read this excellent article at MAX FAQs